According to a 2011 study by Shared Hope International, there are a total of four states in our union that do not have any laws against human trafficking. Those states are: West Virginia, Maine, Wyoming and Virginia. Shared Hope International also found that there are 10 states that do not have human trafficking laws that specifically include sex trafficking as a crime. Those states are: Colorado, Hawaii, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wyoming, and Virginia. In other words, because there is no law specifically stating that sex trafficking is a crime, it is legal.
In Nevada, the Attorney General has submitted a BDR (Bill Draft Request) that will go before the state legislature sometime in February 2013. BDR 3-403 “Establishes crime of sex trafficking of child or adults and includes other related provisions”. Similar bills have gone before the legislature before, but because there have been few supporters nothing has been signed into law. The proposed bill is set to be drafted by December of this year and some of the main provisions will include:
- Stiffer penalties for pimps
- Avenues for victims to file civil suits against their pimps
- More funds to help the victims and provide victim services
- Requirement for those convicted of sex trafficking to register on the state’s sex offender registry
We need to show our state legislators that we are serious about this. Sex trafficking is a real and growing problem in our state and we cannot stand by and do nothing. We need hoards of people at the capital when this bill goes to the floor next February. We need people to stand up for the victims of sex trafficking in our state and be there to show our state legislators that we care about this issue.
We don’t have a specific date yet, but we will be keeping a close eye on it and will post updates as we get them. We want to rally as many people as possible when the time comes. Let’s overwhelm our elected officials and compel them to create laws to protect our women and children from the horrors of sex trafficking!